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Gay New Orleans

That’s Drag DINNER, y’all!

EVERY 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month, 7-9pm at The Country Club, 634 Louisa St. Supper and a show - $10 Bottomless House Wine during the show - with purchase of an entree. For dinner reservations call 504-945-0742.
Get togethers in and around New Orleans for fun and frolic
Renegade Bears of Louisiana

Monthly Beer Bust, 3rd Fridays at Phoenix Bar + almost monthly Alphabet Soup dine out events. Special events throughout the year, especially for Mardi Gras + Southern Decadence. No monthly meetings/ organized organically. "...we like to keep it loose. Want to join us? Just show up!"
Daniel Nardicio and Dworld Nola present
Dworld Underwear Party - MLK Weekend

January 14, 2018, 9pm-2am, Colette Club, 822 Gravier St. NYC and Fire Island's hottest party comes to Nola for one steamy night with special guest penis painter Brent Ray Fraser at 12am, featuring Johnny Dynell. Mandatory clothes check. BYOB. "The greatest weekly event in the world" -- Fleshbot. Voted one of the 5 Queer Parties you cannot miss by!
King Cake Queen & Gay Balls
Gay Mardi Gras 2018

February 8-13, 2018, the all-gay edition of Mardi Gras runs all weekend; non-stop parties/balls; the French Quarter coronation of the King Cake Queen. Gay balls begin in January. Bourbon Pub is at the center, open 24 hours/7 days a week. Mardi Gras Parades fill the streets Tuesday February 13, 2018.
FNBMG presents Extravaganza XVII
Friday Night Before Mardi Gras | Hollywood Gone Bad

February 9, 2018, 8pm-midnight, at The Cannery, 3803 Toulouse St. Masquerade Ball Party to raise funds for HIV and AIDS-related support organizations. Dancing, entertainment, open bar, gourmet buffets. Theme: bad B movies, terrible plot lines, misguided facelifts, starlets and harlots. Early Bird special tickets.
Gay Mardi Gras
Armeinius Bal Masque 50 - 300 Years of Fabulous

February 10, 2018, 8-11pm, Mardi Gras World, River City Venues, 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl. Grand culmination of months of effort, hot glue, glitter, and fabulosity by The Krewe of Armeinius, New Orleans' largest Gay Mardi Gras organization, founded 1968. One of the most unique gay Bal Masque experiences ever, highlights 300 years of hidden NOLA. VIP mansion party 6pm; doors 7pm.
The Societé de Sainte Anne Carnival walking club started in 1969
Krewe Of Saint Anne Mardi Gras Parade

February 13, 2018, 10am-2pm, from Bud Rip's, 900 Piety St. Known for their elaborate/ beautiful costumes, the core group gathers in the Bywater neighborhood each Mardi Gras morning, with the music by the Storyville Stompers brass band. Passing through the Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter, the parade is joined by additional marchers in costume.
Alter ego of seasoned comic Roy Haylock; season 6 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race
Bianca Del Rio: Blame it on Bianca

March 3, 2018, 7pm. Self-professed "clown in a gown" hilariously hateful comic known for foul mouth and unapologetic humor. Victims hardly have time to feel the sting before she zips to the next topic. But Bianca is quick to say that she's the biggest joke of all. "The Joan Rivers of the Drag World" - NY Times. "So funny! So sharp!" - Joan Rivers.
Music in the streets
French Quarter Festival 2018

April 12-15, 2018. Annual music festival & parades. Music stages are located at Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Bourbon St, Royal St, Bienville St, the French Market, St. Mary’s at the Ursuline Convent, and Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint. Special events at locations throughout the French Quarter. See the website for more details, closer to the date.
Since 1971
New Orleans Gay Pride 2018

June 8-10, 2018. Past year included Kick-Off party + Variety Show + Washington Sq Park Festival + evening Pride Parade through the French Quarter, then dance and Sunday Tea-Dance. For updates/ details see fb or website below:
French Quarter Festivals
Satchmo SummerFest

August 3-5, 2018. The premier American Jazz Festival dedicated to the life, legacy, and music of New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. See lineup and schedules as announced, at their website:
Top gay Labor Day Weekend destination
Southern Decadence 2018

August 30 - September 3, 2018. Annual Labor Day Weekend celebrations, 100,000+ crowds; around-the-clock street/ dance parties; parade through the French Quarter. Revelers may shock some tourists (much to their delight!). Events include: Big Dick Contest, FRIDAY Parade, Boys on Parade Strip Contest, Outdoor Concert, Hot Ass Contest, SUNDAY Parade, T-Dance, Midnight Party, Closing Party.
Cool in the pool
Bears in the Swamp

August 31, 2018 (TBC), 2-6pm, the annual Friday of Southern Decadence Weekend at 714 France Street. Matt & Dusty's 10th Bear Gathering at their salt water pool, Jacuzzi and fun surroundings, open to 200 guests. Open bar and "swampatizers." Open bar + borderless bites. Tickets: see website. Proceeds to benefit Vet-a-GoGo, pet care on wheels.
A Benefit Weekend for Project Lazarus
Halloween in New Orleans

Late October, 2018. Annual weekend events help fund Project Lazarus home for people with AIDS. FRI Patron Brunch at Cafe Amelie. SAT MAIN EVENT with performers, costume contest, stage parade. SUN TEA DANCE. Also French Quarter events.
Performance That Crosses The Line
New Orleans Fringe Festival 2018

Mid-November, 2018. Four-day weekend, walking-distance venues, low ticket prices. Small and tight and strong. Mostly local, mostly new, all challenging. Art before Commerce. "Downtown, wherever we can squeeze ourselves in around the gentrification." Per show tickets or weekend pass, with exceptions for some shows.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in New Orleans
New Orleans Black Pride Festival

November, 2018. Past year featured host hotels: New Orleans Marriott + Hilton Garden Inn; THU Thaksgiving Shakedown at The Vibe. FRI Cocktails at The Marriot + Dondria Nicole live performance. SAT Vibe Party w/ Zahfar, Gorgious Montana, Big Beef, Burlesquee, YVNG, OJ Simmons, B Geezy, D Savage, and host Jamal Paisley. See 2018 details: